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  • Putting IT To Use: One Button Studio

    Since the MMLC has been in the Library, we’ve really been taking advantage of our proximity to our peers. I thought I would start a blog series called “Putting IT To Use” about how a language professor or other Humanists could incorporate some of the new (or at least new to you!) technology Northwestern has….

  • Humanities and Computer Science — What?

    It’s holiday time. Time for big dinners, friends, family, and cheer. At the dinner table there might be those half-interested questions of “What do you do?” or “How is your work going?” This month, after attending the 10th annual DHCS conference and an exciting talk by Mark Guzdial on how to boost society’s computer literacy, my response will be just as energetic and as clear as Ralph Parker asking Santa for a Red Ryder BB rifle : “Increased access and literacy surrounding digital tools are critical to scholarship and instruction of the humanities, and I’m happy to be a part of it!” — But it’s never that easy.

  • DemoCats I – Sylvie, Mochi, Kuma and Luna

    In what will hopefully become a recurring feature for the MMLC blog, our pet cats (and our colleagues’ pet cats) test out the equipment that the MMLC has available for checkout. If you have a tech-leaning Northwestern-affiliated cat who would like to become part of our team, please feel free to shoot me a message…

  • RT) New MMLC social media channels!

    The MMLC is finally on Facebook and Twitter! A quick introduction first: I am on the MMLC student staff as the department’s first copywriter in more than 12 years. I write for the blog, but now I also manage the center’s social networking accounts. Back in high school, I wrote and designed for the yearbook, the…

  • Spring into Workshop Fun!

    The MMLC is partnering with Northwestern Information Technology to offer an impressive set of workshops this Spring. Whether you might want to learn more about iMovie, more about how you can improve the accessibility of course PDFs, or how you can take better advantage of the features in Word and PowerPoint to create more effective instructional materials, let’s exercise our thinking muscles!

  • Students Produce Virtual Walking Tour of Ancient Rome in Chicago

    Students of a recent course taught by Classics Professor Francesca Tataranni titled “Ancient Rome in Chicago” have completed an impressive virtual walking tour that explores how the city showcases its engagement with the classical past through its streets, buildings, and monuments. The 300-level research seminar course was designed to allow students to take ownership of their learning through…

  • One Stop for Media Requests

    Starting this fall, all media requests can be made via the Course Reserve form in Canvas. Prior to this change, certain types of requests needed to be sent separately to either the Library or the MMLC, causing confusion. Through a new streamlined process, completed Course Reserve requests are first sent to the Library, where they are carefully reviewed and then fulfilled by the Library or forwarded to the MMLC based on the keywords and information found in the request.

  • Open Door Archive Launches

    The MMLC is pleased to announce the launch of the Open Door Archive, an exciting new digital repository of poetry and print culture in and beyond the United States. The project is led by Northwestern English Professor Harris Feinsod, working with a large collaborative a large team of scholars, poets, librarians, students, and technologists.

Small Things for Big Pedagogy

Are you aware of how differently serif and sans-serif fonts are treated by reader’s brain and how it affects readability, speed of reading and even the mood? Did you know that the sixty six character line (counting both letters and spaces) is widely regarded as ideal? Also, have you heard of “vertical rhythm” and how it can make long text look so much more appealing for a reader? Here at the MMLC we do care about details (about those the devil is hiding behind). Details create new semantic dimensions and make your project resource “breathe”, “talk” and “live”.

Sergei Kalugin,